Man Utd Transfers: Real Madrid Star James Rodriguez In Old Trafford Talks?

Mourinho wants Colombian to feed Lukaku.

FILE - In this July 22, 2014, file photo, Real Madrid player James Rodriguez, from Colombia, waves during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Rodriguez has been named sportsman of the year in his native Colombia, T
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Manchester United are in 'deep' talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of James Rodriguez, according to The Independent.

The Colombian, who has been at the Bernebeu three years after joining the Galacticos following an impressive showing at the World Cup, has struggled to dislodge any of the team's star-studded "BBC" front-line.

And the attacker, who turns 26 next week, has now been targeted by Jose Mourinho, who is looking for the goals and creativity to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, the latter of whom has reportedly agreed a move to Everton.

United had spent most of the summer haggling over the price of Real Madrid's want-away striker Alvaro Morata, only to turn their attention this week to Everton's Romelu Lukaku instead.

And two summers ago, it was United who played hard-ball over goalkeeper David de Gea, whose move to the Galacticos collapsed due to purported "technical issues".

Whilst the two clubs appear to endure an adversarial relationship, The Independent report that Real are prepared to reach an agreement this time in order to finance a deal for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.

Should he make the move, James will join the likes of Angel di Maria, Paul Pogba and, in all likelihood, Romelu Lukaku on the list of United's big-money acquisitions since Alex Ferguson's 2013 retirement.

So far, the Red Devils only have a handful of cups to show for their lavish spending, but in Mourinho they appear to have at last settled on the man to deliver success.